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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza on a white table and a dish of cheese to the side.

The best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 3 Hours
  • Yield: 8 Slices 1x
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Chicago


This Chicago Deep Dish is the best recipe there is and it is easy. So, make your family happy today and make this pizza!


Units Scale
  • 283 grams bread flour
  • 170 grams lukewarm water
  • 54 grams peanut oil
  • 2 grams active dry yeast
  • 2 grams salt
  • 1 gram sugar
  • 1 pound of whole milk low-moisture mozzarella, sliced
  • 14 ounces of Italian Sausage, uncooked
  • Other Toppings (Optional)
  • 1 batch of the best Chicago deep dish sauce
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan

For Sauce:

  • 28 ounces Cento crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon dried Italian seasoning


  1. In large mixing bowl, add water, sugar and salt
  2. Mix
  3. Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for 5 minutes
  4. Add ¼ cup of flour and oil to the bowl with yeast mixture.
  5. Mix
  6. Continue adding ¼ cup of flour and mixing until it is of batter consistency
  7. Add rest of flour and mix until combined
  8. Use your mixer and dough hook to mix on medium low for 1 minute OR knead by hand for 2-3 minutes
  9. Form into ball and place in bowl
  10. Lightly cover ball with oil
  11. Place plastic wrap over bowl and place in warm place for 1-2 hours OR until dough size has doubled
  12. While dough is rising, place pizza stone on bottom rack and heat oven to 500° Fahrenheit
  13. Allow stone to heat appropriately (40 minutes to 1 hour)
  14. Once dough has doubled, place dough into lightly oiled 12 inch deep dish pizza pan
  15. Spread dough to cover bottom. It should be flat and even all along the bottom.
  16. Using your pointer finger and thumb pinch up along the sides of the entirety of the pizza, creating the side crust of your pizza
  17. Add sliced mozzarella to the cover the bottom of the crust
  18. Add Italian sausage and any other ingredients you may want. Spread evenly
  19. Add deep dish pizza sauce and spread evenly
  20. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top
  21. Place pie in oven and cook for 35 minutes
  22. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes
  23. Enjoy!

For Sauce:

  1. Open can and strain tomatoes
  2. In large bowl, add rest of ingredients


  • You could have your deli slice cheese for you, but I slice a one pound block ont he short end and try to evenly place across the entire bottom.
  • While you can use the grated parmesean in the green containers, get some fancy parmesan for this recipe.
  • The sauce recipe calls for dried Italian seasoning, but you can also use fresh ingredients.
  • Do not overload with toppings if you are using raw sausage. If you do, make sure that you temp the sausage to a safe 160° Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure that your sausage is evenly spread and only in small clumps.